Streak Ends With 7-4 Win At Duke


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DURHAM, N.C. - Clemson totaled 14 hits in its 7-4 win at Duke in front of 632 fans at Jack
Coombs Field on Friday night. The Tigers, who snapped their 11-game losing
streak, improved to 19-19 overall and 7-12 in ACC play. The Blue Devils
fell to 26-13 overall, 5-13 in the ACC. It was also Clemson's 11th
consecutive victory over Duke, as the Tigers took a 1-0 series lead.

Sophomore Mike Freeman and freshman Jeff Schaus, the #1 and #2 batters in
the lineup, each totaled three hits apiece. Freshmen Kyle Parker and Chris
Epps added two hits and two RBIs apiece as well. They all helped Clemson
end its 19-game streak of scoring six or fewer runs dating back to its 14-2
win over Furman on March 20. The 14 hits were also the most for the Tigers
since that Furman game.

D.J. Mitchell (4-3) pitched 7.0 strong innings, allowing eight hits, four
runs (three earned), and no walks with four strikeouts to earn the
win. Matt Vaughn pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to
record his ninth save of the season. Duke starter Andrew Wolcott (3-3)
suffered the loss, as he allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned), and
no walks with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers took the game's first lead in the third inning thanks to a Blue
Devil miscue. Epps hit a one-out single through the left side and stole
second. After moving to third on J.D. Burgess' groundout, Freeman hit a
routine groundball to second. But Gabriel Saade booted the ball, allowing
Freeman to reach in a close play at first base and Epps to score. It was
the first time in 14 games that Clemson scored an unearned run off an
opponent's error.

After the Tigers failed to capitalize on another Duke error and stranded
runners at second and third in the top of the fourth inning, the Blue
Devils took the lead with a two-out home run in the bottom of the fourth
inning. Nate Freiman led off with a single up the middle. Two batters
later with one out, Jonathan Nicolla hit a potential inning-ending double
play groundball. But shortstop Matt Sanders booted the ball. He still
recovered in time to make a spectacular behind-the-back "glove-flip" to
retire Freiman at second base. Then on a 1-2 pitch, Saade belted a
fastball up in the strikezone over the fence in left-center for a two-run
homer. It was his fifth long ball of the year.

In the top of the sixth inning, Wilson Boyd reached on a two-out, infield
single. Sanders followed with a "hustle" double to left field to advance
Boyd to third. The Tigers finally came through in the clutch, as Epps
blooped a single down the left-field line to score Boyd and Sanders, giving
Clemson a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers added to their lead with two runs in the top of the seventh
inning. Freeman and Schaus led off with singles. Doug Hogan moved both
runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. After Ben Paulsen was
intentionally walked to load the bases, Parker singled through the left
side to score Freeman and Schaus, upping Clemson's lead to 5-2.

The Blue Devils came right back and scored two runs in the bottom of the
seventh inning. Saade laced a 2-2 offering to center for a leadoff
single. Kyle Kreick then rolled a perfectly-placed double over the
third-base bag on another 2-2 pitch to move Saade to third. Saade then
scored on a passed ball, as Kreick advanced to third base. After Jake
Lemmerman struck out for out #1, Ryan McCurdy lined a ball to right
field. Epps made a diving catch, but Kreick scored on the sacrifice fly to
narrow the score to 5-4.

Clemson responded to Duke's charge with two runs of its own in the top of
the eighth inning. Epps reached as the leadoff batter when he was hit by a
pitch. After moving to second on Burgess' sacrifice bunt, Epps scored on
Freeman's single up the middle. Schaus followed with another single up the
middle, as Freeman advanced to third base. On a 1-1 pitch to Hogan, Head
Coach Jack Leggett called for a "suicide squeeze" bunt. Hogan laid the
bunt down the first-base line and avoided the tag to reach on the single,
as Freeman scored.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Nicolla led off with a single through
the left side. It was the sixth inning that Duke put its leadoff batter on
base with a single. Saade followed with a liner to left-center, but Schaus
made a running catch for out #1. Kreick then hit another single through
the left side to advance pinch-runner Tom Luciano to second and bring the
tying run to the plate. But Lemmerman fouled out and pinch-hitter Tim
Sherlock struck out looking to end the game.

Kreick had three hits and Saade added two hits for the Blue Devils, who
totaled 11 hits in the contest.

Clemson and Duke will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday at
2:00 PM.

2008 Clemson Baseball
                                Clemson at Duke
                 Apr 18, 2008 at Durham, NC (Jack Coombs Field)

Clemson 7 (19-19,7-12 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Mike Freeman 2b..........  5  2  3  1   0  0  4  4   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  1  3  0   0  1  3  0   0
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  1  1   0  1  6  1   3
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  4  0  0  0   1  1  9  0   0
Kyle Parker dh...........  5  0  2  2   0  0  0  0   2
Wilson Boyd cf...........  5  1  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
Matt Sanders ss..........  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  4   2
Chris Epps rf............  3  2  2  2   0  1  1  0   2
 Alex Lee rf.............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
J.D. Burgess 3b..........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  2   2
D.J. Mitchell p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 39  7 14  6   1  7 27 12  11

Duke 4 (26-13,5-13 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alex Hassan cf...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Matt Williams c..........  4  0  1  0   0  0  7  0   1
Nate Freiman 1b..........  4  0  1  0   0  0  9  1   0
Jeremy Gould lf..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
Jonathan Nicolla dh......  4  1  1  0   0  2  0  0   0
 Tom Luciano pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gabriel Saade 2b.........  4  2  2  2   0  0  3  6   0
Kyle Kreick rf...........  4  1  3  0   0  1  1  0   0
 John Bunder pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jake Lemmerman ss........  4  0  0  0   0  1  4  1   2
Ryan McCurdy 3b..........  2  0  2  1   0  0  1  2   0
 Tim Sherlock ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Andrew Wolcott p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Ness p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Perry p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 35  4 11  3   0  6 27 12   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 001 002 220 -  7 14  0
Duke................ 000 200 200 -  4 11  3
-------------------------------------------

E - SAADE(6); LEMMERMAN 2(7). DP - Clemson 2; Duke 2. LOB - Clemson 11; Duke
5. 2B - SANDERS(3); KREICK(11). HR - SAADE(5). HBP - SCHAUS; EPPS. SH -
HOGAN(2); SANDERS(3); BURGESS(2). SF - McCURDY(3). SB - SCHAUS(3); HOGAN(7);
EPPS(2).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
D.J. Mitchell.......  7.0  8  4  3  0  4 27 28
Matt Vaughn.........  2.0  3  0  0  0  2  8  8

Duke                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Andrew Wolcott......  6.0  7  3  2  0  4 26 27
Michael Ness........  1.1  5  4  4  1  0  7 11
Ryan Perry..........  1.2  2  0  0  0  3  6  7

Win - MITCHELL (4-3).  Loss - WOLCOTT (3-3).  Save - VAUGHN (9).
WP - WOLCOTT(2). HBP - by WOLCOTT (SCHAUS); by NESS (EPPS). PB - HOGAN(7).
Umpires - HP: Robert Perez  1B: Tim O'Toole  3B: Paul Guillie
Start: 7:04   Time: 2:40   Attendance: 632
Game: CU4181


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                         Clemson at Duke - Play-by-Play
                 Apr 18, 2008 at Durham, NC (Jack Coombs Field)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 001 002 220 -  7 14  0
Duke................ 000 200 200 -  4 11  3
-------------------------------------------

Clemson starters: 5/2b FREEMAN; 3/lf SCHAUS; 30/c HOGAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 25/dh
PARKER; 12/cf BOYD; 21/ss SANDERS; 26/rf EPPS; 1/3b BURGESS; 9/p MITCHELL;
Duke starters: 32/cf HASSAN; 18/c WILLIAMS; 42/1b FREIMAN; 19/lf GOULD; 34/dh
NICOLLA; 14/2b SAADE; 9/rf KREICK; 12/ss LEMMERMAN; 10/3b McCURDY; 8/p WOLCOTT;

Clemson 1st - FREEMAN grounded out to 3b. SCHAUS struck out looking.
HOGAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Duke 1st - HASSAN grounded out to ss. WILLIAMS flied out to cf. FREIMAN
grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - PAULSEN fouled out to lf down the lf line. PARKER reached
on a throwing error by ss. BOYD grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b;
PARKER out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Duke 2nd - GOULD singled to center field. NICOLLA struck out swinging.
SAADE flied out to lf. KREICK singled through the right side; GOULD advanced to
second. LEMMERMAN fouled out to p. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - SANDERS popped up to ss. EPPS singled through the left
side. EPPS stole second. BURGESS grounded out to 2b; EPPS advanced to third.
FREEMAN reached on a fielding error by 2b; EPPS scored on the error, unearned.
SCHAUS hit by pitch; FREEMAN advanced to second. HOGAN popped up to 2b to right
field. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Duke 3rd - McCURDY singled to third base. HASSAN lined out to 2b.
WILLIAMS grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; McCURDY out on the play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 4th - PAULSEN grounded out to 2b. PARKER singled to right field.
BOYD reached on a fielding error by ss; PARKER advanced to second. SANDERS
flied out to cf to right center. BOYD advanced to second on a wild pitch;
PARKER advanced to third on a wild pitch. EPPS struck out looking. 0 runs, 1
hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Duke 4th - FREIMAN singled up the middle. GOULD flied out to cf. NICOLLA
reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; FREIMAN out at second ss to 2b.
SAADE homered to left center, 2 RBI; NICOLLA scored. KREICK struck out
swinging. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - BURGESS grounded out to 2b. FREEMAN singled up the middle.
SCHAUS singled up the middle; FREEMAN advanced to second. HOGAN grounded into
double play 3b to 1b; FREEMAN out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1
LOB.

Duke 5th - LEMMERMAN popped up to 2b to center field. McCURDY singled
through the left side. HASSAN grounded out to 3b; McCURDY advanced to second.
WILLIAMS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 6th - PAULSEN lined out to rf. PARKER grounded out to 2b. BOYD
singled to second base. SANDERS doubled to left field; BOYD advanced to third.
EPPS singled down the lf line, 2 RBI; SANDERS scored; BOYD scored. BURGESS
struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Duke 6th - FREIMAN flied out to lf to left center. GOULD grounded out to
3b. NICOLLA struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 7th - NESS to p for WOLCOTT. FREEMAN singled up the middle.
SCHAUS singled through the left side; FREEMAN advanced to second. HOGAN
grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC, bunt; SCHAUS advanced to second; FREEMAN
advanced to third. PAULSEN intentionally walked. PARKER singled through the
left side, 2 RBI; PAULSEN advanced to second; SCHAUS scored; FREEMAN scored.
BOYD reached on a fielder's choice to second base; PARKER out at second 2b to
ss; PAULSEN advanced to third. SANDERS grounded out to p. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0
errors, 2 LOB.

Duke 7th - SAADE singled to left center. KREICK doubled down the lf
line; SAADE advanced to third. KREICK advanced to third on a passed ball; SAADE
scored on a passed ball. LEMMERMAN struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.
McCURDY lined out to rf, SF, RBI; KREICK scored, unearned. HASSAN grounded out
to p. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 8th - EPPS hit by pitch. BURGESS out at first 1b to 2b, SAC,
bunt; EPPS advanced to second. FREEMAN singled up the middle, RBI; EPPS scored.
SCHAUS singled up the middle; FREEMAN advanced to third. PERRY to p for NESS.
HOGAN singled to first base, bunt, RBI; SCHAUS advanced to second; FREEMAN
scored. PAULSEN struck out swinging; HOGAN stole second; SCHAUS stole third.
PARKER popped up to ss. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Duke 8th - LEE to rf for EPPS. VAUGHN to p for MITCHELL. WILLIAMS
singled up the middle. FREIMAN grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b;
WILLIAMS out on the play. GOULD struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 9th - BOYD singled up the middle. SANDERS out at first p to 2b,
SAC, bunt; BOYD advanced to second. LEE struck out looking. BURGESS struck out
swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Duke 9th - NICOLLA singled through the left side. LUCIANO pinch ran for
NICOLLA. SAADE lined out to lf to left center. KREICK singled through the left
side; LUCIANO advanced to second. BUNDER pinch ran for KREICK. LEMMERMAN fouled
out to c. SHERLOCK pinch hit for McCURDY. SHERLOCK struck out looking. 0
runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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